I have a question for you to consider: when the church set up the readings for the Lectionary, the Old Testament reading and the gospel usually have some sort of a connection; what do you think the connection is this weekend?…
I think it has something to do with the seduction of Satan. His pattern of deception is shown in the first reading. And Adam and Eve gave in to it. And again in the gospel the same seduction is happening in this story. Whose being seduced, or who is being deceived? It is the scribes from Jerusalem. They were the ones who supposedly knew what was supposed to happen spiritually. And yet, they accused Jesus of being in league with Satan.
I really enjoy the way Jesus confronts them in this gospel. How can a house divided stand? Jesus speaks the truth with his comments. But the next part is what is more important. That has to do with what is sometimes called the “unforgivable sin”. Jesus makes it very clear: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin. But… What does it mean to commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? That is a question that has been troubling Christianity …read more
Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts